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Urban Fiction Genre What It Is & Isn't

[OPINION+VIDEO] The Urban Fiction Genre – What It Is And What It Isn’t

I’ve been seeing a lot in reviews and a lot online with readers saying that they’re tired of seeing certain themes and urban fiction novels. A lot of what I’ve seen is readers saying that they’re tired of seeing dope dealers, baby mama drama, relationship drama, weak women, things like that within urban fiction novels.

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Urban Fiction Theme

Well, I hate to break it to ya, it’s a common theme in a lot of urban fiction novels that I’ve read.

And I think that it goes back to the fact that urban fiction as a genre was created to highlight a lot of things that are happening to people.

People in poor neighborhoods or people who live in the hood, live in the ghetto, live in the urban areas, the city, and have to deal with a lot of things that come with that lifestyle.

So, naturally, a lot that has to do with drugs, crime, and so on. There are a lot of issues that come into play with living those lifestyles that I feel like we highlight as authors our novels. A lot of the stuff that not only is popular in today’s society, when you see shows like Love & Hip Hop and reality TV shows like Basketball Wives.

They highlight a lot of the same issues that we talk about in urban fiction novels.

And it’s not only because it’s entertaining. And I admit that I love watching ratchet TV every now and then. Urban fiction gives a voice to people who go through these things.

It shows not only how difficult it is living that lifestyle, but also the different possibilities that come out of it whether negative or positive.

Most times, I’ve seen that it highlights the negative side, the consequences of living in that lifestyle. And it travels through the characters’ journey until the end where either it’s success. They’re able to build themselves out of a situation, grow as a character.

I can see on the readers’ end, where you may say: ‘Oh, I’m sick of reading this type of story!’

But it’s just something that is part of the urban fiction genre.

You don’t read a horror, a book that’s in a horror genre and expect that not to be scary.  You don’t read a mystery novel expect it to not to have some kind of mysterious aspect to it.

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And it’s the same thing with urban fiction. There are certain things that are going to be, that are at the core of the genre. And it’s going to be something we write about.

There are a lot of different subjects so I implore you to follow and check out, read all the different authors. Because even though these common themes, every author tells a story differently.

Urban Fiction Books And Romance Novels

I’ve read so many romance novels that have the same fundamental idea. Damsel in distress, the hero comes to save her they and they run off into the sunset.

But each author has written it differently to the point that I never get tired of reading those books.

Want to know more about what I think about this subject? Including my take on ‘weak women’ (you’ll want to go to 5 minutes and 7 seconds) then be sure to watch the video.

What are your thoughts about urban fiction? Do you get tired of the storylines? Or do you love ’em? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to respond. Let the conversation begin!!

11 Comments

  • Jatia eley says:

    Dear Porscha ,

    I agree this is what turned me on and off about the urban lit genre myself. I loved reading about a life that I could somewhat understand. Something entertaining and funny as hell. But when I decided to write myself I started to feel embarrassed about the things I ended up writing. I can’t explain it. I wanted my work to be interesting but more than a couple of stereotypes some sex and drugs, more of a commentary on life and emotion. But I agree with your other commenters that no one is mad at Nora Roberts and though I love her books those are basically the same!!

    • Porscha says:

      I can relate to that, Jatia, the trick is to take a common theme and come at it from a different angle. Putting our own spin on things help. For example, in place of a dialogue between two characters, you could have one write a letter. A note, if you will.

      It’s still the same theme, but a different approach. Obviously, in today’s world that could also be an audio note in iMessage! ?

      I’d encourage you to feel less embarrassed and perhaps do a rewrite of a couple of scenes and see if that will take you in a different direction.

      Thanks for sharing your experience here, I appreciate it. ❤️

  • Jatia eley says:

    Dear Porscha ,

    I agree this is what turned me on and off about the urban lit genre myself. I loved reading about a life that I could somewhat understand. Something entertaining and funny as hell. But when I decided to write myself I started to feel embarrassed about the things I ended up writing. I can’t explain it. I wanted my work to be interesting but more than a couple of stereotypes some sex and drugs, more of a commentary on life and emotion. But I agree with your other commenters that no one is mad at Nora Roberts and though I love her books those are basically the same!!

    • Porscha says:

      I can relate to that, Jatia, the trick is to take a common theme and come at it from a different angle. Putting our own spin on things help. For example, in place of a dialogue between two characters, you could have one write a letter. A note, if you will.

      It’s still the same theme, but a different approach. Obviously, in today’s world that could also be an audio note in iMessage! ?

      I’d encourage you to feel less embarrassed and perhaps do a rewrite of a couple of scenes and see if that will take you in a different direction.

      Thanks for sharing your experience here, I appreciate it. ❤️

  • Cynthia says:

    my take is if they are tired of a certain type of book, why read it. Basically every book I have read had a synopsis of the story. So if they buy download borrow it and it’s exactly what the synopsis said it was, my response STFU

  • Cynthia says:

    my take is if they are tired of a certain type of book, why read it. Basically every book I have read had a synopsis of the story. So if they buy download borrow it and it’s exactly what the synopsis said it was, my response STFU

  • Lisa Nolen says:

    Hi Ms Porscha,

    I have 635 urban books in my kindle library I enjoy the characters in these books. They have me laughing,crying and ready to whoop some of the shady people but. I love how it show where they started from and how they became a better person . It also shows how a lot of the men and women had a rough start in life and done things that they had to do to survive.. but in the end a lot of them found love in the mist of their pains and heartaches . Please keep up the good work you and the other authors are doing .

    • Porscha says:

      Exactly, Lisa! That’s what I think we urban fiction writers want to do for our writers…see where people start and how they can grow. Now wait a minute, 635!!???? You’ve read them all? Please tell me you have room for more?! ????

    • Cynthia says:

      I can relate to the 635 books. Kindle unlimited was heaven sent. I normally read about 20-25 a week. Reading has been my thing since I was a child. I have a book in me just have to get it down

  • Lisa Nolen says:

    Hi Ms Porscha,

    I have 635 urban books in my kindle library I enjoy the characters in these books. They have me laughing,crying and ready to whoop some of the shady people but. I love how it show where they started from and how they became a better person . It also shows how a lot of the men and women had a rough start in life and done things that they had to do to survive.. but in the end a lot of them found love in the mist of their pains and heartaches . Please keep up the good work you and the other authors are doing .

    • Porscha says:

      Exactly, Lisa! That’s what I think we urban fiction writers want to do for our writers…see where people start and how they can grow. Now wait a minute, 635!!???? You’ve read them all? Please tell me you have room for more?! ????

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